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Shakti Teaching Team

Our teachers are hand-picked for their depth of practice, extent of training and passion for the authentic practice of yoga. At every level of physical intensity (from gentle to advanced) our classes infuse the subtle and internal practices of yoga, allowing us to connect to our body and calm our mind. Dedicated to the lifestyle of yoga, our teachers will inspire you to be a healthier, more vibrant, calmer, and happier person. Come practice with us and let us inspire you to let your inner Shakti shine.

  • Andrea Rasla

    Andrea started practicing Iyengar yoga in 2002 as a way to calm the mind and gain personal balance while working in a stressful corporate environment. She continued her steady practice and began to feel yoga’s physical benefits as well as its calming effects on her mind. As her children grew, Andrea dedicated more time to deepening her yoga practice. She started to feel an increasing drive to share the yoga... read more
  • Ashlee Goite

    Ashlee was introduced to yoga when her first “real” job drove her to seek physical and mental relief from being desk-bound for the first time. Her first class was an Ashtanga class with Dawn Yager in Myrtle Beach, and she never looked back. In yoga, she found a physical release for her energy, and the centering effects of this moving meditation improved her relationships with herself and her loved ones.... read more
  • Christina Marushok

    Christina holds a B.A. in Dance Studies from Marymount Manhattan College. During her time at MMC she was a member of the College Honors Program and Co-Director of the MMC Dance Department’s bi-annual Works in Progress performances. She has danced internationally and performed work by Bill T. Jones, Lorna Ventura, Nacho Duato, Sidra Bell, among others while in college and for company intensive showcases. During her time in NYC, Christina was a freelance performance artist and taught dance at Ballet Academy East, along with other faculty from New York City Ballet,... read more
  • Dana Hermocillo

    Dana began practicing yoga during 2010 to bring calm and ease to her mind during her hectic college days. After retuning home and practicing at Yoga Shakti for a few years, she knew she wanted to share this practice with others. Dana completed the 200-hour foundational training at Yoga Shakti, and is currently enrolled in the 300-hour advanced training. In her own practice, she likes to challenge her body in new ways, increasing her knowledge of advanced poses to... read more
  • Diana Pipaloff

    Diana began practicing yoga in 1994 with a desire to gain a spiritual practice. The thirst for the spiritual runs in her veins as she comes from a family of yoga practitioners; in 1850 her great grandfather practiced yoga in Eastern Europe. Her father had a very disciplined practice at the age of 15. Her mother also practiced and introduced her to yoga while Diana was still in her teens. Prior to discovering yoga Diana was... read more
  • Gennavie Johnson

    Gennavie Johnson is a RYT 200hr Yoga Shakti graduate and a Children's Yoga Instructor. Searching for balance after moving to California from Idaho, Genna soon found Yoga. When she started practicing yoga, she fell in love with the challenging yet relaxing nature and immediately wanted to share that joy with others. Genna believes Yoga should be fun, inviting, and invigorating. Teaching youth how to listen to their inner mind and body while having fun at the same time... read more
  • Jonah Montes

    I started teaching Yoga in 2015 because I realized there is so much more to the practice than just the physical benefits: there is healing and growth. As a teacher, I hope to share the healing aspect of yoga to anyone who is in need of it. I love teaching Yoga because I not only get to contribute to a student’s yoga journey as a guide but also as a witness to the growth and progression they experience through their practice. My teaching style is gentle Yin-inspired... read more
  • Joy Millea

    Joy first tried yoga in 1999 as a means to stay physically fit during her first pregnancy, but didn’t begin a steady practice until Yoga Shakti opened their first studio doors in 2002. It was her curiosity about the philosophy seated in the ancient practice that drew her in the second time. Having been on a spiritual quest for some years, Joy found inspiration in the pages of the Bhagavad Gita and a home to study the sacred... read more
  • Linda Turner

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    In 2007, Linda began practicing yoga as a way of relieving constant stress and tension in her neck, shoulders and back caused by being a Dental Hygienist for over 20 years. She felt amazing relief in her body after several classes. What surprised her most was how calm and peaceful her mind felt after class. From that point on, she became a dedicated and life long yoga practitioner. Inspired by her family, Linda completed her 200, 300 and Prenatal teacher training at Yoga... read more
  • Melissa Liu

    Serendipitously, Melissa walked into a yoga studio and took a class on a whim while meandering aimlessly around downtown Huntington Beach in her late teens. After several years, Melissa felt the need to deepen her practice. She earned a 200-hour teacher training certificate from Yoga Shakti under the tutelage of Diana Pipaloff in 2008. Historically, Melissa’s yoga practice moves cyclically with two other spheres: academics and aerial acrobatics. One is mentally challenging,... read more
  • Morgan Mekertichian

    Morgan is a graduate of Yoga Shakti’s 200 and 500 hour Advanced Teacher Training. Prior to teaching at Yoga Shakti, she lived in the Netherlands and worked at an arts organization that develops projects reflecting on global peace and justice. During this time, Morgan’s desire to actively create peace in her life bloomed, especially through her yoga practice. This led Morgan to delve deeper into the ancient study of yoga. She loves teaching yoga because it presents the... read more
  • Pedro Goite

    Yoga has changed my life. It has brought me to greater physical awareness and health. It has helped me to relieve stress from work pressures and improved my concentration. I hope to share this experience with others, to help them receive the benefits from yoga that I have. I was born in Caracas Venezuela, where I was always physically active, playing soccer and baseball as a kid. I have continued to be... read more
  • Samantha Gutierrez

    Samantha first discovered yoga in 2008 in her search for a healthy physical activity. During the next few years she pursued her degree in Psychology at CSULB, where yoga’s calming effects provided clarity and comfort in times of stress as a working student. As she began to practice yoga more regularly, positive changes in her behavior started to unfold. She was slower to react and found herself... read more